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Bebop Spoken There

Bill Reglein (JJ Babbitt m/pieces): "We made this mouthpiece for Eddie Harris. He played tenor sax and trumpet. He played in some pretty rough bars. The story goes that he was afraid he'd get in a fight and get his teeth knocked out. He figured that if even that happened he could still play tenor. So, the request came in, 'Can I get a reed mouthpiece for my trumpet?' the company made exactly one." - (DownBeat October 2019).

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Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. Part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Today Sunday September 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see above).

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm. Free.

Sunday Jazz in the Crypt - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 2:00-6:00pm. £12.00. + bf. Line-up: Noel Dennis Trio + Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat + Anthony Strong.

More Jam - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Somethin' Blue Trio - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. Tel: 01325 468411. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Memphis Cruisers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Alexys de Alfaro - Revoluçion de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle NE1 1EE. Tel: 0191 917 7076. 6:00pm. Free.

Paper Moon Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.

Fabled - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00. JNE.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Gillespiana @ King's Head, Crouch End

Pete Long (ldr/alt); Steve Fishwick, George Hogg, Gabriel!?, Nathan Bray (tpts); Alastair White, ? (tmb); Sammy Maine, ? (alt); David Lewis, Richard Shepherd (ten); ? (bar); Simon Wallace (pno); Alan Graham (vbs); Jim Richardson (bs); ? (dms); Roberto Da Plu? (timb/bongoes); Satin Singh (conga).
Apologies for the names I missed.
This is the tribute band to end all tribute bands. Forget the original records this is how Dizzy's big band may have sounded on location in a small club.
It began with Leader Long blowing chorus after chorus on Anthropology - his only alto blast of the evening but what a blast with just the rhythm section. The two trombones then had an extended joust before the full power of the band was unleashed on Ow! Steve Fishwick needless to say was at his boppiest.
I was breathless and this was just the opener!
In the confines of the compact basement it was positively quadrophonic!
Algo Bueno equally powerful with trumpet player George Hogg outstanding as indeed he was all evening - a guy to watch out for he's a comer.
Emanon featured the rhythm section before tenorist Shepherd and a third trumpet talent the improbably, albeit appropriately, named Gabriel took it to the cleaners.
Dave Lewis blew a long soul-like tenor solo before the band took off on Good Bait with George Hogg once more rubber stamping his credentials.
The set finished with One Bass Hit and some fine bass hitting by one Jim Richardson.
By now I was on Cloud 9 and still rising - this is an amazing band - a must for any Jazz Festival.
Manteca kicked off part two - a truly original take on the original in the form of a suite with emphasis on the rhythm section and another great solo by Hogg.
Sammy Main played an emotionally packed I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good 'cept it was bloody good!
Night in Tunisia then Our Delight to round off what had indeed been a delight!
Lance.

1 comment :

ColinM said...

Hello Lance,

I was pleased to meet you at the gig, which was indeed brilliant. Your write-up of it captures it well. Thanks.

Colin

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
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